Members - Writers & Writers Groups

Neal Arbic

Beeton, ON L0G 1A0
905-729-0882
n8808@rogers.com

Dian Bowers

SSAC Board Member (Chairperson, Literary) Dian is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. She writes short stories about her surroundings and life. Her writings can be found in the Briar Crier Magazine off and on.

11 Briarwood Rd., Alliston, ON L9R 1S2
705-250-1084
dian_bowers@hotmail.com

Ralph Braden

Local author, Ralph E. Braden has written 4 books historical books: The Way We Were Then (#1,2,3 & 4) about people and places and lifestyles of yesteryears at Alliston and area.

196 Young St., Alliston, ON L9R 1V1
705-435-2131
ralphrosalba@hotmail.com

Cael Cohen
Cael Cohen

Cael is an oral storyteller who trained under master storytellers in Toronto. She specializes in telling strange tales of wonder and ghost stories, and has performed at the Toronto Festival of Storytelling. She also writes young adult fiction, paints and is an amateur ornithologist. Her hobby is bartending. She is a part-time Bar Steward at the Tottenham Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 329. Cael is a philosophy professor at York University. Her area of expertise is existential phenomenology. Her work is influenced by John Dewey, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Evan Thompson. Her research weaves together complexity theory, emergence theory, enactive cognitive science, ecological thinking and Buddhist psychology. Cael has won several teaching awards. Accounts of her pedagogy, course design and use of teaching technologies have been reported on CBC Radio, CTV News, Toronto Sun, Metro News, 680 News Radio and in other media.

Tottenham, ON L0G 1W0
647-880-1237
cmcohen@yorku.ca
cmcohen.info.yorku.ca

Michelle Dinnick

Michelle is a freelance writer; who writes both fiction and non-fiction. She is a regular contributor to the Briar Crier Magazine, and has also had her work featured recently in the Voice of the Farmer newspaper, and the Focus 50+ newspaper. In April 2016, she was shortlisted as a finalist at the Ontario Writers Conference Story Starters Contest.

143 Wellington St. E., Alliston, ON L9R 1G5
home: 705-440-6205
cell: 705-440-6205
michelledtds@gmail.com

Alice M. Edwards

Alice Edwards - Award Winning Author of A.K.A. Nikki middle grade graphic novel.
Available in all New Tec Library, Essa Public Library and Barrie Library
Specializes in Memories to Go - Memoir Writing Workshops & courses for adults
I am available for Speaking Engagements for clubs, church groups

Angus, ON L0M 1B3
705- 725-6414
flowinginkwoman@ymail.com
artlady2@yahoo.ca
www.alicemedwards.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/alicetheartlady

Rosaleen Egan

Rosaleen focuses on the landscape, and plant and animal life found on the farm where she lives. She presents photos through an annual calendar, cards, select prints and her website blog.

Alliston, ON
705-434-4737
rosaleen.egan@gmail.com
www.rosiewrites.com

Rosaleen Egan

From profiles to plays, short stories to feature articles, opinion pieces to web content, Rosaleen can reach a diversity of audiences and ages. She combines writing and photography on her website blog.

5891 Scotch Line, Alliston, ON L9R 1V2
705-434-4737
rosaleen.egan@gmail.com
www.rosiewrites.com

Joyce Ernyes

Joyce has long enjoyed writing humour and short stories. Her first published book is titled Letters From Sugar which is a compilation of humorous correspondence from the recently adopted family cat, Sugar Plum to her previous owners. Critiqued by the neighbourhood cats it is considered to be “Fall off the fence funny!”

New Lowell, ON L0M 1N0
705-424-7375
jmhe727@gmail.com
lettersfromsugar.ca

J.C. Kavanagh
J.C. Kavanagh

J.C. or 'Joanie,' as she likes to be called, has been writing for many years in the newspaper industry and later in the corporate world. Today, though, she uses her talents for creative writing, penning nine children's picture books and one movie script. Her first novel, The Twisted Climb, was published in the summer of 2016 and is available through Amazon.ca, at Chapters/Indigo/Coles stores, and at the South Simcoe Arts Studio.

7013 Concession Rd 2 RR#1, Lisle, ON L0M 1M0
705-890-9595
author.j.c.kavanagh@gmail.com

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Pamela Meacher

Pamela is a irrepressible dedicated conservationist. Paints with watercolours. Pixielated as a child, she adds goblins and faieries to her botanical renderings. Why does she paint like a woman possessed? Her call is deep, her call is strong and it will not let her sleep too long.

34 Edwards Dr., Barrie, ON L4N 9K7
705-730-0312
pmeacher@sympatico.ca
Pamela Meacher

Carolyn J. Morris - Railfence Books
Carolyn J. Morris - Railfence Books

Carolyn J. Morris writes books enjoyed by all ages. Her four books show respect for rural living, farm life and family values. Her new series: 'Railfence Bunch,' combines rhyme, rhythm and repetition.

Beeton, ON L0G 1A0
905-729-4899
cjmorris@sympatico.ca
www.railfencebooks.com

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Mary Penner

Writer: Poetry, Short Stories; Fiction, Non Fiction

Alliston, ON L9R 1V2
705-434-3321
davemarypenner@gmail.com

Judy Penz Sheluk

Alliston, ON L9R 1Y2
705-250-9191
jsheluk@rogers.com
www.judypenzsheluk.com

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Isolde Ryan

Isolde is best known for her landscapes in oil, she likes to combine them with abstracts. Some work is for sale.

1890 Conc. Road 7 , R R 1, Tottenham, ON L0G 1W0
905-936-0892
isolderyan@hotmail.com

Vaughn Thurman

Branch Manager New Tecumseth Public Library (Alliston)
Writer, Genealogist, Herbalist, Photographer

Everett, ON L0M 1J0
705-435-7584
vonthurman@hotmail.com
vthurman@ntpl.ca

Jessica Van de Kemp

Jessica Van de Kemp is the author of the poetry chapbooks "Daughters in the Dead Land" (Aldrich Press forthcoming 2017), "Four-Coloured Memory" (Bitterzoet Press, forthcoming 2017), and "Spirit Light" (The Steel Chisel, 2015). Her poem, "Slant of the Girl," was shortlisted for the 2015 Montreal International Poetry Prize. Jessica is currently pursuing a phD in English at the University of Waterloo.

Bradford, ON L3Z 2V2
905-806-5598
jlvdk73@gmail.com
jessvdk.wixsite.com/poet

Caleb Waddell

An aspiring author and novelist, who's stories range from fictional action adventure to memoir and anything in between.

8458 8th line, Utopia, ON L0M 1T0
705-718-9664
caleb.lucas.waddell@gmail.com

Fotini Chandrika Walton

Fotini has been writing since childhood, with a special passion for poetry. She shares her writing through her various poetry collections and short stories. Fotini is largely inspired by nature and animals, particularly horses. She is the founder of not-for-profit organization, The Big Red Barn Creativity and Wellness Centre.

7171 Second Line, Tottenham, ON L0G 1W0
905-936-3956
info@thebigredbarn.ca
www.TheBigRedBarn.ca

Wisteria Publications - Kaarina Brooks

Kaarina is a writer, translator and watercolour artist. She has exhibited her art around Ontario and her books, articles and short stories have been published in Canada and USA.

507 - 4 Briar Hill Heights, Alliston, ON L9R 1Z7
705-435-2786
brooks.kaarina@gmail.com
Wisteria Publications